Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 H457 Review
- Dry 90% 90%
- Wet 80% 80%
- Snow 70% 70%
- Comfort 90% 90%
- Noise 80% 80%
- Treadwear 90% 90%
- Overall 84% 84%
If you compare the Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 with the Hankook Ventus Noble2, the latter is an ultra-high performance tire with the genes of a touring tire. However, the Ventus V2 Concept2 is a bit different since it prioritizes sporty handling over comfort and road silence.
I wanted to find out if the Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 is able to offer a sporty driving experience despite the friendly price tag. The tire starts at below $70 each and a full set of four tires will only cost below $300. Considering the sporty and aggressive tread design of the tire, this is probably one of the best all-season tires when it comes to value for money.
My test car for this review is a 2008 Infiniti G35 sedan. While the previous model G20 was simply an improved version of the Nissan Sentra, the Infiniti G35 begs to differ. It is a true sports sedan that offers a roomy cabin and decently comfortable ride.
My test car came fitted with bone stock 17-inch wheels and Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 tires. However, the tires were more than a year old and have seen their fair share of abuse from the owner. There were signs of tread wear on all four corners of the vehicle. Let’s see if the tires are still capable of giving me a sporty drive despite the age of both the tires and my test vehicle.
Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 Review: Features
The treads are blessed with an optimal profile design that provides an even contact patch on the road. This means the tires will offer better high-speed stability while minimizing deformation on the shoulder and center patch. The shoulders of the tire are further enhanced with noise care blocks to suppress road noise and tire roar.
Constructed using a longer mileage carbon compound to improve wet grip with lower rolling resistance, this is a performance tire with the wear characteristics of a touring tire.
Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 Review: Test Drive
If you push it harder you will feel the tires squirm as they hunt for much-needed grip and the rear of the car has a tendency to slide out if you are not careful with your steering or throttle inputs.
Overall, the tires were okay in the dry. But if you demand more, you better get a better set of summer tires.
The Hankook Ventus V2 Concept2 performed well on light snow, but you better slow down if the roads are completely covered in ice or more than 2-inches of snow. In fact, he had to purchase a separate set of snow tires when the winter season was in full swing.